• BATTERIESBoosting Battery Research

    Most Americans don’t leave home without at least one lithium battery-powered device, and someday, the house itself may have a battery backup. Scientists are working to make these large backup batteries less expensive, hold more energy and be less prone to bursting into flame.

  • ENERGY SECURITYHow Would a Switch to Nuclear Affect Electricity Prices for Households and Industry?

    By Roger Dargaville

    In a free market, it is very unlikely nuclear could be competitive. But if a future Australian government were to bring nuclear into the mix, energy costs for residential and especially industrial customers would very likely increase.

  • GRID RESILIENCEBringing GPT to the Grid

    By Leah Burrows

    Much has been discussed about the promise and limitations of large-language models in industries such as education, healthcare and even manufacturing. But what about energy? Could large-language models (LLMs), like those that power ChatGPT, help run and maintain the energy grid?

  • CRITICAL MINERALSCountering Coercion: Australia Must Engage with Allies on Critical Minerals Supply

    By Ian Satchwell

    China’s use of coercion to control critical mineral mining and processing projects, their output and even whole supply chains has motivated several countries to take increasingly strong measures to secure alternative supply chains. Meanwhile, China’s state-linked companies continue to use multiple channels to manipulate markets at scale.

  • COASTAL CHALLENGESBeach Erosion Will Make Southern California Coastal Living Five Times More Expensive by 2050: Study

    By Nina Raffio

    The region’s sandy coastlines are vanishing at an alarming rate. It’s a warning sign for coastal communities worldwide, USC research suggests.

  • WATER SECURITY‘Time for a Reckoning.’ Kansas Farmers Brace for Water Cuts to Save Ogallala Aquifer.

    By Kevin Hardy and Allison Kite

    in this region of Kansas where water is everything, they’ll have to overcome entrenched attitudes and practices that led to decades of overpumping. After decades of local inaction, Kansas lawmakers are pushing for big changes in irrigation.

  • WATER SECURITYAs Reservoirs Go Dry, Mexico City and Bogotá Are Staring Down ‘Day Zero’

    By Jake Bittle

    In Mexico City and Bogotá, reservoir levels are falling fast, and the city governments have implemented rotating water shutoffs as residents are watching their taps go dry for hours a day. Droughts in the region have grown more intense thanks to warmer winter temperatures and long-term aridification fueled by climate change. In South Africa in 2018, Cape Town beat a climate-driven water crisis, and the way it did it holds lessons for cities grappling with an El Niño-fueled drought.

  • ENERGY SECURITYUtah FORGE Achieves Crucial Geothermal Milestone

    By Brian Maffly

    In $218 million DOE-funded research project, scientists aim to make enhanced geothermal a key part of world’s energy portfolio. “The ability to tap more of the Earth’s natural heat through enhanced geothermal systems will expand access to affordable, secure and resilient clean energy for everyone,” say one expert.

  • INFRASTRUCTUREA Section of Critical Highway Collapsed in Wyoming. Could It Happen Anywhere?

    By Tanner Stening

    The partial collapse of a roadway in Wyoming as a result of a landslide that occurred over the weekend raises serious questions about the state of the nation’s infrastructure. “These failures don’t happen everywhere. The conditions have to be right,” says one expert.

  • NUCLEAR FUELWith Russian Nuclear Fuel Ban, U.S. Also Tries to Fix a (Self-Inflicted) Problem

    By Mike Eckel

    One of the major achievements of U.S. post-Cold War policies was to get Russia to downgrade tons of highly enriched uranium – enough to arm around 20,000 Russian warheads — and turn it into power-plant fuel. The policy had collateral damage, though: The U.S. enrichment industry ended up gutted, unable to compete with cheap Russian uranium. Today, 80 percent of all nuclear fuel used the United States — which has more operating atomic plants than any other country — is foreign.

  • DISASTER INSURANCEStates Beg Insurers Not to Drop Climate-Threatened Homes

    By Alex Brown

    In the coming years, climate change could force Americans from their homes, not just by raising sea levels, worsening wildfires and causing floods — but also by putting insurance coverage out of reach.

  • COASTAL CHALLENGESThe Homeowner Mutiny Leaving Florida Cities Defenseless Against Hurricanes

    By Jake Bittle

    The only protection the town of Hendrickson, Florida, has from the Gulf of Mexico’s increasingly erratic storms is a pristine beach that draws millions of tourists every year — but that beach is disappearing fast. A series of storms have eroded most of the sand that protects Redington Shores and the towns around it, leaving residents just one big wave away from water overtaking their homes. The federal government is refusing to restore eroded beaches in Pinellas County unless homeowners agree to one condition: public access.

  • WATER SECURITY‘Grey Infrastructure’ Can’t Meet Future Water Storage Needs

    By Rob Jordan

    A new study maps how energy and food systems depend on stored water to generate hydropower and feed irrigation. Dams and reservoirs won’t be able to meet the demand in coming decades.

  • FLOODSFloodAdapt Will Help Protect Flood-prone Communities

    The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with Deltares USA to conduct demonstrations, trainings, and performance testing for the new accessible compound flood and impact assessment tool, which will help at-risk communities better prepare for and respond to severe weather events.

  • ENERGY SECURITYSome Countries Could Meet Their Total Electricity Needs from Floating Solar Panels

    Researchers calculated the global potential for deploying low-carbon floating solar arrays. The researchers looked at nearly 68,000 lakes and reservoirs around the world which were no more than 10km from a population center, not in a protected area, didn’t dry up and didn’t freeze for more than six months each year. The potential annual electricity generation from FPV on these lakes was 1302 terawatt hours (TWh), around four times the total annual electricity demand of the UK.